How to clean oxidized stainless steel Espresso maker?


i am not sure what ben is talking about, but then again, i am unfamiliar with bialetti coffemakers. i am however, very familiar with stainless steel.

if this is just a question of removing heat discoloration from stainless steel, its pretty straightforward. your part is probably made from 316 stainless, but most likely 304 stainless. you may have changed its temper, but its hardness is not relevant. what is relevant is the fact that you induced a heat catalyzed oxidation of an alloy that doesn't oxidize easily at room temperature. either way, its the two steps below:

1) mechanically abrade the area with 400 grit silicon carbide or zirconium carbide sandpaper. sand the area in the direction of the preexisting line finish on the vessel (if its mirror polished, sand however you want until it looks like what you want - you can look up how to polish stainless elsewhere)

2) passivate the stainless steel by immersion in a 50% solution of nitric acid (careful, this...

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Clean with the grain.

You may have to look closely to see the grain, but you will be able to detect which way the grain is going. Rubbing against the grain, even with a microfiber cloth, will leave permanent scratches on the surface of your appliance.

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Traditionally the generally accepted method for cleaning a stovetop espresso maker is as simple as rinsing the pot out with warm water right after brewing. Over time small amounts of residual coffee oils will buildup on the aluminum walls of the pot leaving you with a perfect tasting cup every time. The oils hinder metallic tastes from ever getting into your coffee and the routine use of the pot ensures the buildup is sanitary.

Now, having said that I understand that periodically these pots get an excessive amount of buildup in them and if you only use your moka pot every now and then then it may be worth while doing a little hand cleaning between uses.

Most stovetop espresso pots are made from aluminum. Aluminum is not dishwasher safe and you won't want to scrub it with abrasive pads. You can get away with more when using stainless steel but even still the best practice is to hand wash only with a cloth - or even the tip of your finger.

I've found that when I...

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Wipe Away Water Spots -- Wet a thick, clean towel with distilled white vinegar that has been brought to a boil. "Lay the vinegar-soaked towel on the water spot and wait 30 minutes," says Mary Findley of, a former pro cleaner and author of The Complete Idiot's Guide to Green Cleaning. Sprinkle with baking soda or Cameo -- Findley's polish of choice. Scrub, then wipe clean and dry. Go with the Grain -- Stainless steel has a grain, like wood. Always wipe with it to loosen and remove all the dirt from those little recesses. It makes a difference! Dissolve Fingerprints -- A little rubbing alcohol* on a soft cloth should zap the oily residue and grime left by fingerprints. Serious Shine -- Make your stainless steel extra shiny with a few drops of lemon oil*. "Just put a small amount on a cloth and rub it into the surface," says Leslie Reichert, aka The Cleaning Coach.
Make it a Habit -- Commit to daily wipe downs with a clean, soft cloth and hot water, plus weekly...
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Hi, my name's Leslie Reichert, and I'm the Cleaning Coach. You can visit my website,, for more tips and tricks just like this. Today, I'm going to show you how to clean out the water reservoir inside your coffeemaker. Now, everybody's coffeemaker's a little different, but this will give you an idea of how to do yours. So, what we're going to do is, first of all, you're going to take the pot out and open this up, and make sure your filter is out of the coffeepot at first. And, what I do is I take all these things, and I take this and put it in the dishwasher and run them all through the dishwasher once, so that everything here is nice and clean. Then, what we want to do is try and get the buildup inside the water reservoir inside here clean. Sometimes, your coffee filter might have a filtering system over here. You want to make sure that stays in, but maybe you need a new filter. So, look into your manual and see if you need to get a new filter for your...

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Coffee is an essential part of life, and like water or air, it quite difficult for some to live without it. As coffee lovers fill up their steel coffee pot with that aromatic, black elixir at least once a day, the pot can easily become grimy, oily, and quite unpleasant, giving the coffee a burnt taste. Therefore, proper coffee pot cleaning and maintenance is crucial to both the quality and the longevity of the coffee pot, as well as to the continued, genuine flavor of each cup of coffee. With options that include several different DIY and chemical-based cleaning methods to rid oils and grime from the interior of a steel coffee pot, coffee lovers can ensure that their day starts with a clean and flavorful cup of coffee with every brew.

Using Common Cleaning Supplies

Fortunately, the leftover, rancid coffee oils that stick to the inside of a steel coffee pot after brewing are quite submissive to standard cleaning products found right at home. Although coffee...

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How to Prepare Espresso Coffee

Hints and Tips

• Preheating the machine will ensure that your coffee is dispensed at

the correct temperature.

• It is important to use a high quality ground coffee with a fine grind in

order to avoid obstruction of the filter during brewing.

• Always make sure the filter is clean before filling with coffee grinds.

• Espresso is a strong dark coffee with a distinctive caramel colored

froth known as the "crema". Tamping the grinds will give a better

quality espresso. If the grind is not pressed enough, it will come out

too quickly and the crema will be light in color.

• Espresso coffee is best served in small demitasse cups, with a half-

cup being the ideal serving size (approx. 1-1/2 to 2 fl. oz.).

1. Preheat the espresso cups by placing them on top of the machine

under the clear upper cover.

2. After preheating of the machine as...

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Cleaning expert Melissa Maker shows us how to easily clean stainless steel appliances! What you’ll need:

Stainless steel 2 microfibre cloths (1 wet and 1 dry) Dish soap Olive oil/baby oil/vegetable oil Paper towels Warm water

Let’s Get Started!

Start by taking a microfiber cloth, wet it with warm water, and add a bit of dish soap. Wring the cloth out well and wipe your stainless steel appliance down, removing any and all grime. Next, take your cloth and rinse it off well with water. Wipe down the appliance again to remove any remaining soapy residue. Using the dry cloth, buff the stainless steel appliance dry, erasing any streaks left behind.

For extra shine and to eliminate tough streaks, put a bit of olive oil on 2 paper towels and wipe the appliance down, going with the grain, not against. Large appliances would take about a quarter size amount whereas small appliances need about a pennies worth. Then take a fresh set of dry paper towels and wipe the...

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A Short Guide to Stainless Steel Moka Pots

Stainless steel stovetop espresso maker has for many coffee lovers become the preferred method of choice for making fine, authentic tasting Italian espresso-style coffee. Here we will have a brief look at stainless moka pots from Bialetti, VeV Vigano, Cuisinox and several other manufacturers.

Advantages of stainless steel

Moka pots made from stainless steel are definitely easier to maintain than their aluminum cousins. It is easy to keep them looking showroom new without worrying about unsightly corrosion. More importantly, there have been some concerns regarding the impact of aluminum on one's health. And, if you own an induction cooker, then certain models of stainless steel moka pots will be the only type you will be able to use.

Bialetti stainless steel espresso pots

The Bialetti brand is one of several quality manufacturers of stainless steel moka pots on the market today. Their...

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One of the most important, but often overlooked, factors in producing excellent quality coffee is keeping your espresso machine clean. At the heart of every great cappuccino, latte, flat white, or other espresso based drink is a great shot(or shots) of espresso. With a good quality home espresso machine, well roasted freshly ground beans, and a bit of practice anyone can produce espresso at home that is as good, if not better than what you can buy in a cafe. Unfortunately no mattery how good your coffee is, how many barista courses you attend, or how expensive your machine; if your machine is not clean, the results will be average to awful. One of the most vital routines for a commercial espresso operation is keeping their espresso machine clean; this is also true for the home barista. You have almost certainly experienced a cafe with a dirty espresso machine; often the coffee will taste burnt, bitter, over extracted; more-often than not these negative tastes are the result of a...

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Want to make espresso without an espresso machine? A stovetop espresso maker, also known as a Moka pot, would be your best choice. One thing to point out is, making espresso with a moka pot does not produce the same consistency or shot a machine produced, however, the espresso produces will still be much richer than regular coffee.

Stovetop espresso makers are available in different sizes, we’ve chosen ones that hold 4 cup to 6 cup capacity, perfect for your enjoyment as well as friends and family when they come over.

How Does a Stovetop Espresso Maker/Moka Pot Work?

Best Stainless Steel Stovetop Espresso Makers:

Vev-Vigano Vespress Oro 4-cup Stainless Steel Stovetop Espresso Maker:

Beautiful stainless steel design with brass accents. all internal parts are stainless steel as well. Works with all kind of stovetop: gas, electric, induction.. etc. 4-cup capacity. Also available as 6 and 14 cup capacity. Made in Italy.

Click here to learn...

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Brikka is the brand name of a Coffee maker / Coffee pot / stove pot / Macchinetta / Caffettiera made by Bialetti from Italy.
Brikka produces great espresso (actually, espresso-like) with rich crema, much better than any other coffee pot.
If you use the Brikka, Brikka2, Brikka-Elite coffee pot and use it correctly (*), you can trust it will serve you for long time without any needed maintenance out of washing it after each use.

(*) Correct use means:
1. Using correct amount of water. (Use the measuring container or fill up to the mark on the inside of water container)
2. Using water without or with very low degree of scale.
3. Using the right ground degree of coffee which is MEDIUM and not fine.
4. Filling the funnel with coffee WITHOUT pressing it.
5. Assembling the 2 parts (coffee and water containers) tightly.
6. Applying small and intense heat source that will not exceed the coffee pot base.

Over the years Bialetti...

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Yay! So glad I found this page. I'm one of those people that thinks, this sounds good but it won't work for me...but I was desperate and tried it anyway and it worked even better than I thought because I didn't realize how dirty my traveler coffee cup was! It's blindingly bright now, after less than an hour.

I am also soaking my stainless steel vitamix 4000 container that had raw cacao powder residue on the inside and no amount of vinegar or baking soda and elbow grease could make much impact (a little, but very painstaking) and it is now coming right off. Not QUITE as easy as the coffee, but I tested it with just a rub of a non-abrasive scrubbie, it is back to it's stainless self. I'm going to let it soak longer (it's only been an hour) in hopes of making it even easier.

I did use boiled water, so not sure if this would work with just hot tap water. Also I used a tablet of Finish dishwasher detergent, so for those wondering if those work, they do.

YAY! I love...

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No matter if you are in an industrial kitchen or just your household kitchen, maintaining the look and the cleanliness of your stainless is essential.

There are plenty of products on the market that claim to be able to help you, but you can also do just as good with just knowing how to handle it.

Stainless steel is hard to keep clean because streaks and fingerprints show up easily. It is easier to see grime, grease and fingertips on stainless than on windows. To help you to keep your stainless steel countertops, utensils and appliances clean, follow these basic rules of thumb.

Clean With The Grain:

Take a close look at the grain of the stainless steel. Do not rub against it as this will cause it to become permanently scratched.

Don't Use Abrasives:

This will cause the stainless steel to become permanently scratched.


Here are a few of the things that you probably have lying around your home that can help you to get...

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